I have to admit, I let out a little 'Yay' when I recently received a new cookbook in the mail. Plenty is one that I have seen many times at the bookstore. I have even gone online to order it a couple of times, gotten distracted, and in turn left it sitting forever in my checkout cart, never officially making it to my table.
Inspired by my new cookbook, I couldn't wait to try a new recipe. There were so many that caught my eye. Many of them containing tomatoes as the primary ingredient, which I will also be exploring when warmer weather arrives. As a true Southerner, I was delighted to find a unique recipe for Green Bean Salad. Beautiful in the photo, this sounded like the perfect spring salad, and the green beens at the grocery have been extra inviting lately. I did change a couple of ingredients that I could not find or do not favor. As you can tell from the last photo, the salad turned out pretty tasty!
First, wash and trim your green beans, snow peas, and snap peas. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. You are going to blanch your vegetables, making them bright green, crisp, and tender. In another large bowl, fill with ice water. Once your water is boiling, add your green beans and keep boiling for 4 minutes. Add snow and snap peas with 1 minute remaining, and green peas with 20 seconds remaining. So, blanch green beens for 4 minutes, snow peas and snap peas for 1 minute, and green peas for 20 secs. Drain and refresh in ice bath until all are cool. Drain and let dry. You may pat dry with a towel.
*In Plenty they blanch all their vegetables separately. I just added them along to cut out extra steps, but they may have a better reason of doing it the other way. Let me know if you have ideas. I am by no means the blanching expert.
Next, place coriander and mustard seeds in mortar and pestle and give them a few rounds. No need to crush too fine. Place the seeds in a saucepan, along with olive oil and tarragon and sauté for 2-3 minutes until seeds start to pop. Then pour over your beans and peas.
Lastly, add thinly sliced radishes, a sprinkle of homemade ground red chili, juice from 1 squeezed lemon, zest of 1 lemon, sea salt and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds to taste. Enjoy!!